The German Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) won the Australian Grand Prix, first date of the 2018 World Cup F1, beating the current champion Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), who came off pole and was the favorite to win.
This is the 48th victory for Vettel, who also won in Melbourne last year ahead of Hamilton. Finnish Kimi Räikkönen (Ferrari) occupied the last step of the podium.
The four-time world champion German jumped from third to first on lap 19 when Hamilton and Raikkonen entered the pits to change tires.
Giros later took advantage of a virtual safety car for the abandonment of the French Romain Grosjean (Haas) to make his stoppage and go ahead of Hamilton, who was not well informed of his rival's situation.
The race then became a long-distance duel between the two, separated by less than a second, but Hamilton could not get close enough to overtake his rival.
Australian Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull) was fourth, ahead of Spanish Fernando Alonso (McLaren) and the Dutch Max Verstappen (Red Bull).
AUSTRALIAN GP (58 laps)
1. Sebastian Vettel (GER / Ferrari), 1h29m33s283
2. Lewis Hamilton (GBR / Mercedes) to 5.036
3. Kimi Raikkonen (FIN / Ferrari) at 6.309
4. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS / Red Bull-TAG Heuer) to 7.069
5. Fernando Alonso (ESP / McLaren-Renault) to 27.886
6. Max Verstappen (NED / Red Bull-TAG Heuer) at 28.945
7. Nico Hülkenberg (GER / Renault) at 32.671
8. Valtteri Bottas (FIN / Mercedes) at 34.339
9. Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL / McLaren-Renault) to 34.921
10. Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP / Renault) at 45.722